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Peter Frumkin

Professor of Social Policy & Practice and the Mindy and Andrew Heyer Chair in Social Policy at University of Pennsylvania

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Peter Frumkin is Professor of Social Policy & Practice and holds the Mindy and Andrew Heyer Chair in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy and Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Program at UPenn, and the Research Director of the Satell Institute. His research and teaching focus on philanthropy, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship. Frumkin has written articles on all aspects of philanthropy, including the formulation of grantmaking strategy, the changing profile of major individual donors, theories of philanthropic leverage, the professionalization movement within foundations, and other topics. His book, Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006. It has been touted by reviewers as the “benchmark text for the field” and “the most penetrating exploration of contemporary philanthropy now available.” Prior to coming to Penn, Frumkin was Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and served as a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Frumkin received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

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